We will not leave Congress when we invite parties as part of DMK alliance," said Karunanidhi on Monday evening when he was asked whether he would invite Congress.

The DMK chief had already said he wanted Vijayakanth's DMDK to be part of the alliance.

A few days ago, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) chief E V K S Elangovan told reporters that the party would be ready to go it alone in the elections.

Speaking at TNCC headquarters on December 28, Elangovan said, "We are ready to be part of a secular alliance. But if nothing comes through, then with the help of (party president) Sonia Gandhi and (party vice-president) Rahul Gandhi, Congress will contest the elections on its own," said Elangovan.

Till the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, DMK had been part of the Congress-led UPA at the national level, and Congress had been part of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu. But both the parties contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections alone and lost all seats.

Congress lost its deposit in almost all seats in which it contested. Before the elections, DMK walked out of the UPA over Sri Lanka Tamil issue.


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